During its eight-episode first season, Resurrection (ABC, Sundays, 9/8C) set up a situation reminiscent of the French series (soon be adapted for A&E), The Returned. Following the return of Jacob Langston, who died years ago, the town of Arcadia, Missouri, soon found others returning as well. Agent Martin Bellamy of Immigration, who brought Jacob home (after he appeared in a rice paddy in China), tried to figure out what was going on aided by the town doctor, Maggie Langston. The season ended with the army taking away the Returned and Marty trying to spirit Jacob away from them.
In the second season premiere, things have changed – radically.
Is it typecasting to cast someone as a matriarch if one is spirited noblewoman, one is a modern terrorist and a third is the resurrected matriarch of the Langston clan on Resurrection? If so, then Michelle Fairley is in danger of being typecast.
Fresh off a starring role as 24’s primary villain, terrorist Margot Al-Harazi, Fairley has been cast as, yes, the returned mother of Resurrection’s Henry and Fred Langston, after being dead for over thirty years. Fairley will recur as Margaret Langston over the course the show’s second season. Can you say ‘dark secrets?’ For further details, follow the jump.
ABC’s Resurrection (Sundays, 9/8C) has a set up that reminds of Sundance TV’s brilliant The Returned. A young boy wakes in a Chinese rice paddy and is returned to his home in Arcadia, Missouri – thirty-two years after he died. His return baffles everyone – from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who has taken him home to his best parents and best friend.
With the premiere of Torchwood: Miracle Day a mere seven weeks away, Starz has announced the 10-episode event’s guest cast – a cast that includes Wayne Knight, C. Thomas Howell, Ernie Hudson, Nana Visitor, John DeLancie, Mare Winningham and Frances Fisher.
When Eureka [Tuesdays, Sci Fi, 9/8C] returns for its third season, tomorrow night, it will feature a number of big bangs – and not just from the scientific menace. Bad to the Drone will feature [among other things]: Allison’s [Sally Richardson-Whitfield] answer to ex-husband Nathan Stark’s [Ed Quinn] proposal; an efficiency expert, Eva Thorne aka The Fixer [Frances Fisher], whose mandate is to stop the town’s financial woes by helping/forcing Global Dynamics to find ways to turn their top-secret projects into merchandise; and a terrific riff on the Robert Sheckley short story classic, Watchbird – and all of these threads combine to create more problems for Sheriff Jack Carter [Colin Ferguson].
Other plot points include Zoe’s [Jordan Hinson] part-time job and Henry’s [Joe Morton] incarceration for treason – not to mention Deputy Jo Lupo’s [Erica Cerra] difficulty in finding a suitable romantic counterpart. Then there’s the problem posed by the town’s most popular eatery [plus, we learn how it’s possible for Cafe´ Diem to serve whatever the customer wants – no matter how bizarre or obscure…].
For a breezy, light summer series, Eureka continues to be as Calvin used to say, “Just packed!” Somehow, though, director Bryan Spicer manages to shoehorn in all of writer Jaime Paglia’s script without making the ep seem either too busy or too forced. Something else that comes through – and very plainly – is the enthusiasm the cast has for the show. Their performances [especially Colin Ferguson’s as the sheriff and a very concerned father] are as good here as they’ve ever been.
Upcoming eps see The Fixer’s particular expertise rendered useless when the inhabitants of a Global Dynamics biosphere begin evolving in reverse; Zoe beginning her accelerated physics program; the annual dog show growing more competitive than usual, and there appears to be an earthquake. Seems like just another season in Eureka.